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Amazon buys Twitch live games

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Amazon.com is to acquire live video gamers platform Twitch Interactive in a $970 million cash deal. In July 2014, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch produced by more than 1 million broadcasters, including individual gamers, pro players, publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and stadium-filling esports organisations. “Broadcasting and watching gameplay […]

Playcast expands video games with NetRange

Playcast Media, the cloud gaming service, has entered into a partnership with NetRange, the white-labeled Smart TV and OTT ecosystem provider behind dozens of global brands including Sharp, TCL, Chang Hong,  JVC, Pioneer and Loewe. Under the terms of this agreement, Playcast’s cloud based, AAA video game streaming service will be made available seamlessly via the NetRange operated Smart TV […]

Playstation TV in Europe, US this autumn

Sony has confirmed autumn launch dates for its PlayStation TV device in the US, UK and Europe. Available in Japan since last year, the micro-console is the firm’s efforts to take on other streaming TV devices such as Apple TV and Roku. Unlike those, Sony’s offering will allow gamers access to PlayStation games. The console will allow users access to […]

Australia: 52% of streaming TV mobile

Mobile screen time is leading the way in Australia according to data released by IAB and Nielsen which shows that 52 per cent of digital screen time is spent on mobile devices.  The findings, which come from the second round of data in the IAB / Nielsen Mobile Audience Panel Pilot study, found that average digital screen time per person […]

Mobile media worth $380bn by 2018

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Strategy Analytics predicts spending on consumer mobile media services consumed via the handset (which excludes tablet spend) including handset browsing, mobile applications, mobile games, mobile music, mobile video, mobile TV, ringtones, wallpapers and alerts – will rise from just above

Verizon speed boost for content sharing

Recognising that people are sharing content on the Internet more than ever, with the trend expected to continue, US telco Verizon has confirmed that its FiOS residential customers will receive upload speeds that match their download speeds, making it easier and faster to share. This speed upgrade is free to current customers, and comes at a time when people are […]

Video game revenues to drop $5bn by 2019

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A report from Juniper Research has found that global revenues from PC and console games will decline from $46.5 billion this year to $41 billion by 2019. It also reveals that despite the decreasing sales of console hardware and increasing significance of mobile platforms, PC and console games will still account for over 50 per cent of industry revenues over […]

Microsoft shuts down Xbox Entertainment Studios

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Microsoft has confirmed it is shutting down its Xbox Entertainment Studios – the company responsible for making original content for its Xbox Live subscribers. The planned Halo TV series will, however, remain unaffected. The news follows the announcement that Microsoft is to cut 18,000 jobs over the next six months, marking the biggest cutbacks in the near 40-year history of […]

Creative Industries invest £37m in skills development

The UK’s Creative Industries have come together in their largest-ever collaboration, and successfully levered public investment to match their own contribution to support skills and talent development and ensure their continuous growth and global competitiveness. This investment is the successful result of a bid to the second round of the Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP2), which has been developed to respond […]

Tablets become main device for TV catch-up

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Data from Kantar Media’s syndicated study, futurePROOF, shows that tablets have become mainstream consumer devices with more than half of 16-44s now having access to them. Forty-five per cent of all UK adults

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